40 Years of Unexplained Change: Art, History,
Subjectivity since 1973

40 Years of Unexplained Change: Art, History,
Subjectivity since 1973

ArtCenter College of Design

Art Center College of Design (Hillside Campus), Pasadena, California, 1970-1976 by Craig Ellwood
November 2, 2013
40 Years of Unexplained Change: Art, History, Subjectivity since 1973

November 9–10, 2013

Hillside Campus
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103


The Graduate Art program at Art Center College of Design is pleased to announce its biannual conference to be held November 9th through 10th.

Speakers: Connie Butler, Catherine Chevalier, Lisa Cohen, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, Bruce Hainley, Suzanne Hudson, Daniel Marcus, Jane McFadden, Richard Shiff, Jason E. Smith, Jan Tumlir, David Velasco, Tirdad Zolghadr

In a variety of disciplines, the year 1973 has come to name an historical turning point. This turning point is experienced as both global and irreversible, yet without an easily named cause or group of causes. This is particularly true in the field of art, where more than one scholar has begun to engage the epistemic change that separates our thinking about art from the way in which we thought about it in the early 1970’s. Changes in our idea of what the work of art is, its relationship to ideas about everything including its philosophical foundations and changes in how we describe them, is a question which now as ever has to do with huge changes in the larger episteme. The question that we want to begin to address in this conference is how these changes in our understanding of the nature of the work of art can be thought together with, if not traced back to, shifts in the philosophical framework in which the work of art is conceived as well as a more general mutation in the structure and nature of the subject who engaged with the work of art. At stake in these shifts is the relation between the aesthetic and art, on the one hand, and a general idea of history (and, consequently, art history) on the other.

“Forty Years of Unexplained Change: Art, History, Subjectivity since 1973,” organized by the Graduate Art Department of Art Center College of Design, will take up these questions in the Grad Art Department’s biannual conference, November 9-10, 2013. The conference will bring art historians and artists together with others working in the fields of philosophy and history to think about how the year 1973 can be seen as a deep shift in the fields of art, history, and subjectivity. Our aim will be to describe the exact nature of these changes, examining their origins, and thinking through their future. The conference will result in the second publication by Art Center Graduate Press.

Admission is free and conference is open to the public.

For more information go to www.unexplainedchange.wordpress.com, or call the Graduate Art Department Coordinator Sebastian Bailey at T 626-396-4222.

We very much hope that you will attend, and we look forward to seeing you there,

The Students and Faculty of Graduate Art, Art Center College of Design.

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